Donald Tetter

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Donald Tetter

August 16, 1946 -

Donald Tetter was born in Chicago on August 16, 1946, to the late Freda Mae Tetter and Nolton Hurt. He was the youngest son of 11 siblings.
Donald attended and graduated from Bloom High School in Chicago Heights, Ill. After high school, Donald attended Job Corps training to study electrical wiring. Donald spent several years of employment with Ford Motor, U.S Steel, Illinois Meat Company and Illinois Dept. of Corrections (Pontiac). Donald honorably served his country in the U.S Army during the Vietnam era until 1988.
Donald married Juanita Beard in 1966. Under this union four children were born: Marcellus (Fabiola), Donetta, Donald and Terrence Tetter.
Donald gave his life to Christ and took the right hand of fellowship. Donald will forever hold an every lasting place in our hearts and minds, his words of wisdom have and will always be cherished. Words such as "your heart ain't big as a mustard seed," "I am a walking thought," "Hello world, here I am" and his most recognized quote, "I walk backwards so I can see where I have been."
Donald leaves to cherish his memories, his wife; his children; a goddaughter, Diane King of Battle Creek Mich.; three sisters, Velma Hollis of Park Forest, Ill., Nancy K. Hamilton of Indianapolis, and Annette Davis of Danville, Ill.; a brother; Johnnie Hurt of Indianapolis; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four adopted daughters; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents Freda Mae Tetter and Nolton Hurt; mother-in-law, Hattie Mae Beard; father-in-law, Henderson Butler; 10 siblings, Marcellus, Leonard, Warren, Conrad, Raymond, Mary, Connie, Carroll and Shirley; his niece, June; and his grandsons Zellner, Demaree and Demetrius.
A Homegoing Celebration will commence at noon Friday, October 12, at St. Synagogue C.O.G.I.C., 2605 E. Main St., Danville. Visitation will be 11 a.m. until the time of the services. Eulogist: Donald Tetter. Interment will be at Danville National Cemetery.
Leek & Sons Funeral Home, 304 E. Williams St., is in charge of arrangements. Condolences:
Published on October 9, 2018
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Mark Adkisson
Oct 11, 2018
There's several different memories I have with Donald but the one I referred to is Donald my brother Flintstone and I enjoying each other's company and Favorite Beverages eating good barbecue and singing like we was The Temptations falling out laughing and then Donald will say his famous saying I'm going to walk backwards and we say why and he will reply so I can see where I've been now that you seen where you been my brother feel free to walk forward with Jesus you will be missed enjoyed your company your friend always the ADKISSON family
Azzilee Oneal and Sam Donald
Oct 10, 2018
To my sister Junita and the Tetter family you all are in my prayers I love you all. As I read Donald's obituary I smiled
because I thought about that saying he would say he's walking backward to see where he's coming from he always had a happy sprit and he would make you laugh
Donald will truly be missed
Zella Cotton & Steven Davis (Uncle Steve)
Oct 10, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Your Dad will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Zella Cotton & Steven Davis(Uncle Steve)
Oct 10, 2018
So sorry for your loss. your dad will be sadly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Chanee King
Oct 10, 2018
To Mrs. Tetter, Duane, Donetta, Donald and Terrance. You have my sincere condolences. Some of my fondest memories growing up in Beeler Terrace was Mr. Tetter! I will never forget "Hello world", that was his salutation to greet the day. There are some people that leave a positive impact on your life. Mr. Tetter was one of those people. What I admired most about Mr. Tetter was the fact that he was a devoted husband and father. He truly loved his family.

My prayers are with you!
LaVonne Pegues from Cincinnati, Ohio
Oct 09, 2018
This is especially for Don's wife and children. I still talk like Don when he played cards. "Up popped the devil" and his love for Juanita and the grandchildren. My heart goes out to the family and I will continue to pray for you all.